Thursday Theology: A Dose of Bertram in Anticipation of Reformation Sunday

Co-Missioners, Some of us are already starting to slip our Reformation caps on. This year’s annual Lutheran observance, on October 27, is but three Sundays hence. The day’s Epistle, Romans 3:21-28, ends with the resounding declaration that “a person is justified by faith.” So really, what does that mean? With this in mind, we take you today to …

Thursday Theology: “Shut Up, Already!” Part Two

Co-Missioners, “Let all mortal flesh keep silence / and in fear and trembling stand….” See below for the second and final installment of Fred Niedner’s presentation at the Crossings’ conference this past January. Last week’s first installment closed with a reflection on Job which bears reviewing as you step into this. A reminder that we’re taking registrations for …

Thursday Theology: “Shut Up, Already!” Part One

Co-Missioners, The dates are January 26-29. That’s when the 2020 Crossings Conference is set to unfold. The venue as always is the Shrine of our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois. The lineup of speakers is, dare we say, dynamic. One of them is traveling all the way from Melbourne, Australia. Another was born and raised in …

Thursday Theology: “Why?”

Co-Missioners, In the wake of Hurricane Dorian—how terrible that was, and how quickly it recedes from the world’s attention and our own as well—we send along a year-old sermon by Steve Albertin. He preached it on June 24, 2018, when news feeds were stuffed with reports and discussion of events at America’s border with Mexico. The day’s texts …

Thursday Theology: “What Else Shall We Preach?” A Homily

Co-Missioners, Today we pass along a homily—a brief, condensed sermon—that was delivered this very morning at a meeting of ELCA pastors and other rostered leaders in a corner of northeastern Ohio. Peace and Joy, The Crossing Community “What Else Shall We Preach?” The Homily at an Anticipatory Observance of Holy Cross Day by Jerome Burce In the name …

Crossings Film Series: Nathan Schroeder

  Nathan Schroeder shares how he uses Crossings every day. He also describes the concept of God’s Law: How it helps keep civilization in place, but it’s impossible for people to do right all the time. He also describes God’s Promise: It doesn’t replace the law, but God steps into the world to meet us where we …

Thursday Theology: A Labor Day Challenge

Co-Missioners, For many of us, this past Sunday brought the interesting coincidence of America’s Labor Day weekend with a hearing of Luke 14:7-14, as appointed in the Revised Common Lectionary. The text presents a saying of Jesus in two parts. The first, cast as a parable, addresses how to behave as a guest at someone else’s banquet. The …